Dianne Feinstein out as Judiciary Committee top Democrat

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California will reportedly no longer be the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Citing ” three people familiar with the matter,” Politico reported Monday afternoon that the 87-year-old senator will step aside at the next Congress, weeks after she was derided by progressives by not taking a harder line against the nomination of Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

Those liberals and leftists were particularly irked by her praise for Chairman Lindsey Graham’s handling of the hearings and for giving the South Carolina Republican a hug.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said after the hearings that he had a “long and serious” talk with Ms. Feinstein.

The two next-ranking Democrats on the panel are Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

It’s still up in the air whether the plum position on the panel that would oversee the judge choices of presumed President-elect Joseph R. Biden would be as the chairman or as ranking member. Control of the Senate turns on two runoff elections in Georgia in January.

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